First of all….what is a safety razor?
A safety razor uses double edge razor blades to give the closest possible shave whilst being gentle to the skin and economical to use. Thanks to modern advances in double edge razor blades, a safety razor can shave much closer with a single blade than a plastic multi-blade cartridge can with 3, 4 or even 5 blades and because only a single blade passes over the skin it causes less irritation.
So, for all those Gillette and Wilkinson Sword commercials you watch for the ‘Hydro 5’ or the ‘Mach 3’ or even the ‘Fusion Proglide’….are they really worth all the money you spend on blades, and a ‘closer shave’??? when really, one double edged blade will do!!!
More and more people are making the change to shaving with a safety razor for the following reasons:
It’s a closer shave - double edge razor blades are sharper and shave closer than modern multi-blade cartridges. By shaving in multiple "passes" you can decide how close YOU want to shave.
Less irritation and ingrowing hairs - your skin needs to be protected and lubricated when shaving and this is best achieved by using a shaving soap or cream. With a multi-blade cartridge the first blade removes the protection and the remaining blades are then pulled against the naked skin. This leads to irritation and ingrowing hairs. Not a lot of people realise this….
Cheap replacement blades - With replacement blades costing as little as 35p each, a safety razor can give you significant cost savings when used over a long period of time. Check this for cost comparisons….
Aug 2020 5 blade Cartridge Razors costs: